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X Isle

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  664 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews

Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X-Isle, the island where life is rumored to be easier than on what's left of the mainland. Only young boys stand a chance of getting in, the smaller and lighter the better. Baz and Ray are two of the lucky few to be chosen, but they soon discover that X-Isle is a far cry f

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by David Fickling Books (first published September 1st 2009)
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They thought that Xisle was the last hope. After a terrible flood leaves most of the world in chaos one family, the Ecks, set up shop on Xisle. Preacher John, and his sons, run a trade system where they supply the mainlanders with tools and food from numerous salvage dives into the murky waters. Every so often they approach the mainland for new boys to come work the island. All young boys try for this honour, but few get chosen for the job.

Baz and Ray are the newest chosen workers. They arrive a
Jan 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
X-Isle is one of those books that I liked much more in principle than the actual story itself. It's right up my alley -- in Steve Augarde's drowned dystopian future, London and much of the rest of the world is underwater. The disaster that sparked the great flood is never fully described - through the eyes of our narrator, 14-year-old Baz, the event is now insignificant. The desperate reality of day-to-day survival is what's important.

Starvation is a real threat. With so much of the world subme
Afton Nelson
This book either has one of the most disgusting or most brilliant plot elements ever. I'm guessing if you are female, it's disgusting, but if you are male, brilliant.

Loved the world covered in water and the kids who were trying their best to survive in it. Very much like Holes. The Eck brothers and Preacher John were terrifying, but a bit too detached for most of the book. I would have given this book 4 stars, but at close to 500 pages, I thought it was too long. About halfway through the book I
Geneva Vand
Sep 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of post-appocalyptic fiction, teen age boys
This was definitely a boy book. That said, I'm a girl and I liked, so it's a good book in general. I liked how believable and real the characters are. I also appreciated the shades of grey that the author allowed. Things happen that are neither good nor bad or they may be both at the same time. There's also a good sense of the rediculous that is very appropriate for the characters and their ages and circumstances. However, my favorite thing is that this is a post-appocalyptic story that occurs w ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

X-Isle is a brilliantly written story about camaraderie between boys in a dystopian world and the horrible things they go through.

Too bad it's a standalone book, I would've loved to read more about this world.
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's only one way out of the mainland and that's to X Isle.

A flood overtook the world, killing both Baz's mother and sister, and billions of others in the world. It left towns, cities, and humans submerged underwater cutting the remaining few left alive with basic of basics. Now with just his father, Baz struggles to get by each day where everything has become scarce and pasta has become the newest form of currency. But the stench of the surrounding death and the harsh environment of thievery
Melanie Au
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: boys, bullying, dystopia, ya
In the futuristic world where Baz lives, climate change and terrible storms have flooded his continent -- and from what he know -- the entire world. There's hardly any land left that's suitable for living on -- in most areas all you can see are rooftops and towers sticking out of the water. With the waters completely polluted and nowhere to grow food, everyone is scavenging for supplies to keep themselves alive. There is one place though, that is still above the waters and supposedly has plenty ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, galleys

I don't know what to make of this book.

I mean, on the one hand the concept is interesting, and the way people react to the floods which were, for all intents and purposes, the apocalypse seems as realistic as such things get. Unlike many authors, Augarde actually touched on religion's place in this sort of dystopia, which was refreshing, and his take on it was pretty plausible.

On the other hand, most of the characters annoyed me (but then, that could just be because immaturity in genera
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
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David Damiano
X-Isle was a little slow paced and eventually proved not to be worth the wait. The post apocalyptic setting was not at all original in any way and the plot itself was rather bland and uninteresting. However, I read through the book and was left with many mixed emotions about it. For starters, the lack of women, with the exception of Ray, throughout the book was strange. I thought that the authors explanation for this lack of women, (that it was "too dangerous" for them to be in public because of ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked to know more about the mainland and how the flood happened. It ending kind of leaves you hanging too, bleh! But it has a very interesting plot ( falls into a good dystopian novel), the content could be a little weird, but overall pretty good. xD
mary dewley
A strange mutated creature washes up on a beach in Maui. Next we have Dr. Keller, his daughter Sarah, friend Marcus and a slew of other expendable characters board a ship to try and find the origin of the creature. During an electrical storm, they become shipwrecked on a strange island where several of them are killed off one by one by the mutations of plant and animal life that live there. When Sarah is abducted by these weird monkey plants, Dr. Keller and the others separate, only to realize t ...more
Aurora Dimitre
3.75 Stars

This is a re-read, technically--I checked it out from the library when I was probably ten or eleven, and now, years later, it was weeded and then it was mine. But I liked it. It held up better than I thought it would; it was surprisingly dark and well-written and I liked it, overall. A good time.
Ashley Moore
I did not really like this book but it was okay. It was a very slow start and there is not much explaining about what actually happened and why the world is like it is, so it just seems distant because you don't really understand what the character went through and why they want to go to the island. You don't really know the characters either.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: When it comes to survival, ethics become questionable, and everything comes at a price. Compassion and camaraderie are the only things that give these boys a chance to endure. X-Isle will make you cringe, warm your heart at times while making it race at others, and ultimately leave you to think about what, or really who, is worth surviving for.

Opening Sentence: The steady chug of the diesel engine drew closer, and eventually the salvage boa
Most of us have watched at least one natural disaster movie. In X-Isle, Steve Augarde brings the genre to the young adult book world. Yet this isn't just another catastrophe story. As one new situation after another presents itself, Augarde raises ethical questions:
* How much brutality would you accept to protect others?
* Is it acceptable to hurt others, if just on orders?
* How much hurt would you inflict would do to survive?
* Is murder ever right?
By asking these questions and in proving himself
Ashleigh P
I did not love this book. It was quick to read and I was happy with the ending though.

The characters are interesting and there is a little bit of a surprise twist towards the end, but I gave it two stars because it just wasn't my favorite.

It reminded me of the Maze Runner books with a lot of the same character types, but it wasn't as engaging and just didn't stand out as overly unique to me.

Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Huckle Thorpe
Period 4
X isle
By: Steve Augarde

Your honor I would like to present to you today the book X isle, by Steve Augarde. This is a story written about the Earth. The Earth has had a large change and has become flooded. The people immediately become forced to find a way for survival. They are running out of food and there is no place for shelter. Baz is the main character, his dad gambles for food by playing poker. He is able to put food on the table but it is very difficult. Baz is living
Alyce Hunt
I'm going to be completely honest with you: the only reason I read 'X Isle' was because I'd been participating in a A-Z reading challenge and it's the end of December and I'd totally missed X.
When I eventually found this title, I was quite excited about it. It's the end of the world as we know it, due to the planet being inundating with horrific storms that have completely covered most of central America, and therefore most of the planet. There's only one area that is completely safe: X Isle. O
Barbara ★
I'm not a fan of the dystopian genre as I find it too disturbing to read about what young kids are forced to endure just to survive. It just reminds me of news stories of people trying to survive in third world countries. It's just too damn depressing. In case you're wondering why I read this book considering my views, I needed a book that started with "X" and they are few and far between. That said, I must admit to enjoying this story of Baz and his survival against all odds on X Isle with craz ...more
Alice Radwell
A dystopian premise I haven’t seen tackled in YA fiction before, but I think the blurb is a little misleading. A drowned world is an intriguing notion, but the plot-line could have worked just as well under a number of other circumstances; the flooded environment didn’t feel integral to what was happening, but it made for an interesting angle.

The fact the author has chosen to set his story in the not-to-distant future, where we still eat Cornflakes and ride bikes to school, is a clever and engag
The floods have come and millions lie beneath the water that won't recede. Perhaps those are the lucky ones, because above the water has become almost unbearable. There is little food, and hardly any protection from the thieves that threaten the survivors. Baz and his father know that there is only one way that Baz can survive and that is to find a way to get to X Isle--an island that is rumored to be better--where young boys can hire on and work for the Eck family, get fed three times a day, an ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
This is one of many in the genre of dystopian apocalyptic young adult fiction titles out there. I like the title. I like the story. I love the cover.

(3.5 Actually)

After storms of biblical proportions, the world Baz knew (the world we all know) is drowned, leaving millions dead and drastically shrinking available land and resources. Boys on the mainland want nothing more than to catch passage to X-Isle, where food is guaranteed in return for a hard work. Grocery stores are submerged and luckily
X Isle is a brutal tale, packed with action, plotting and survival of the fittest.

In X Isle we are introduced to the tightnit community of their workers on the island. The author does a great job of gradually getting us to learn the different characters. They each had distinct personalities apart from Natalie and Steffie who I never really clicked with. Baz, the main character, has a strong work ethic and values. He was a great hero and it was nice to see him slowly kind of change like all the o
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boys age 11-13
Recommended to Tristan by: School Assignment
Just so you know from what point of view I am reviewing I am a male in my teens. I read X Isle for a school assignment; truthfully I would have read this book normally. I love books like this. Post apocalyptic worlds fighting to survive. I won’t spoil the story by telling you all the twists but one thing I did like was that it was full of twists. He does well in the sense that all through the book you find clues to some big thing happening at the end but he does well in hiding what that really i ...more
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: a pre-teen boy
Someone else said in their review that this book was too close to "Lord of the Flies" which I haven't read, but based on what I've heard about "Lord of the Flies," I would say that there's a pretty good chance that that's true. There's certainly a lot of disturbing parts to the book where the main character (Baz) realizes that he's very capable of violence when his life is on the line. He learns that when it comes right down to it, survival is more important than anything, and he doesn't particu ...more
Mark Wilkerson
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a mostly entertaining read that could be seen as YA Dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature. I say "could" in the previous sentence because I think some of the themes of the story could be too dark for young teenagers. Additionally, I am uncomfortable with some of the graphic descriptions that Augarde uses in this novel, particularly the frank talk the characters of the story have regarding bomb-making and weapons. I have no idea if bombs can be made in the way that is meticulously discus ...more
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I began writing children's books when I was at art college, which means that I’ve spent over thirty years as a children's author. Must be nearly time to grow up. About eighty titles published to date, I think. These include story books and pop-ups for younger readers, as well as my more recent novels for older children. I'm also an illustrator and paper-engineer, and you can see examples of this t ...more
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